• Resort spas are offering more
Midwest resorts offer some of the best spa experiences. While not everyone will utilize the service, many, like myself, look forward to those quiet spa moments after long flights and sometimes longer meetings. It is a chance to unwind, relax, and recharge and is often where I do my best thinking on a topic I’ve recently heard or discussed.
Grand View Lodge, in Nisswa, MN, wants to make sure you can pamper your golfers on and off the green. Their customized golfer’s massages are designed to loosen up shoulder, back, and hip muscles to help with the player’s perfect swing. This is a great experience to offer before or after golf outings or as a prize to the winning team of your golf tournament.
Have you taken time lately to relax in a warm tub and just enjoy it? Yeah, me neither, but at Sundara Inn & Spa, in Wisconsin Dells, WI, the ancient practice of ritual bathing lives on. The Purifying Bath Ritual is a ‘DIY spa experience.’ Utilizing the indoor spa bathhouse, attendees may take a five-step, self-guided journey of this treatment to clear their mind and cleanse their skin in as little as 30 minutes. It all begins with a rainfall shower and exfoliation, followed by body mist and taking time to sit in the steam room, next a cooling shower before dipping into the essential oil infused hot pool. Finish with a cool plunge into another pool and they will experience the invigoration of the ritual process.
Let your attendees know about ‘unique’ spa offerings. Most have heard of and understand what a Swedish massage or exfoliating
facial are, but do they know about the benefits of body wraps or Shirodhara treatments? Participants may be more interested in a service they have not yet enjoyed. The Spa at Inn at Bay Harbor, in Bay Harbor, MI, offers Reiki, Reflexology, and Dry Brushing, just to name a few different services. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing which is given through energy work with little to no hands-on activity. Dry Brushing is said to stimulate circulation, detoxification, and boost the immune system through this gentle exfoliation process. Other services I have seen offered recently include cupping, crystal therapy, and raindrop therapy.
Remember, if you plan to offer your attendees discounts, make it clear what is being offered, the services provided, and even optimal times to book treatments based on your event agenda. Ask attendees to book their treatments prior to arrival to ensure a time and help your venue book staff properly. When planning a group spa experience, have the group arrive early to sign waivers and prepare for treatments, also work with your resort to provide small-bite offerings and non-alcoholic beverages so your participants can fully enjoy the experience, as heat and body treatments have the potential to create feelings of hunger and thirst during and afterward.
With so many options to choose from and an array of wonderful resort spas across the Midwest, I am sure you will find space to create great spa experiences for your participants.